For our honeymoon, my husband I spent a week in Curaçao, a beautiful island in the southern Caribbean. We’ve visited our fair share of romantic destinations, but Curaçao, for me, has remained one of the most inspiring. From the clear Caribbean waters, to the tropical plant life, to the delicious food, colorful architecture and delightful people, our short week there has stuck with me for years.
So when I decided to experiment with the popular terrazzo trend, I went back to my visit to Curaçao for some added inspiration. I’ve always loved the assortment of colors in east Willemstad’s shopping district, and drew my color palette from that iconic waterfront.
The sunshine yellows, salmon pinks and light aquas pop against the deep blue of the ocean. (And in fact, the combination delights me so much that my husband and I brought home a painting of east Willemstad that now hangs in our living room.)
With my color palette in place, I started playing around with the textures of terrazzo. There is the classic pattern, of course, with shards of multicolored material sprinkled about a surface like freshly-thrown confetti. But I also wanted to play with those shapes different ways - what if I made them very tiny? Extremely large? Abstracted them, pushed them closer together and arranged them by color.
The result is a collection that was a ton of fun to paint. It gave me the opportunity to play with scale, color and shape, using two sources of inspiration that I absolutely adore. I envisioned outfitting a home in these patterns, bringing a little bit of the excitement and color of the Caribbean into the living room.
These patterns are currently available for purchase or licensing. To inquire about licensing or purchase, contact me at illustration [at] veronicajamisonart.com